New user question: how to manually set a cylinder length

Brand new to this tool, spent about an hour playing with it and reading the help center but I couldn’t find the answer. It’s probably really easy, I just can’t find it because I’m using this for the first time.

I’m trying to set the length of a simple cylinder. I figured out how to identify the dimensions using the Dimensions tool and I figured out how to scale it using the Scale tool. However the scale tool only allows me to manually drag it using my mouse, which is a pain to repeat for every new length I want. I imagine there must be a way for me to type in a specific length, the same way I can type in a specific radius for a circle, but I just can’t figure out how to do that.

As a note, I eventually scaled it to the specific length I wanted, but I’d like to know how to do this better for the future.

With the Scale tool you could start scaling its length and then type in the final length including the units. No pain that way.

Or if you know the length of the cylinder before you start to extrude it, just make it that long when you use Push/Pull.

Might want to spend some time going through the SketchUp Fundamentals here:

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Thanks! Wow that link should be front and center in the help center website, don’t know why it’s not.

So the videos show that I can type a measurement directly while starting to create objects so that helps. However I haven’t been able to find out how to open little sub windows like you have in your example showing a “Measurements” window for the scale tool. I’m sure I can keep watching the videos in the link you showed me though. Regardless, being able to type in specific dimensions upon item creation is very useful already.


That little measurements window should be built into your application window. Is it not in the lower right and you haven’t noticed it?

That Measurements window isn’t specific to the Scale tool. Normally the Measurements window is in the bottom right corner of the screen. I moved it up into the model space to make it easier to see for that GIF using View>Toolbars.

That window is used for all numeric input for any of the tools in SketchUp. Remember not to click in the window. There’s never any reason to click in it.